All-America Conversations From The National Civic League

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Feb 22, 2017 4:00:00 AM

 

Introduction: Today it is our privilege to feature a post by Doug Linkhart, President of the National Civic League  about  All-America Conversations.

 

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Topics: eCivis Resources

Evidence-Based Practices for Local Government:  Increasing Your Comfort Level

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Feb 6, 2017 4:23:00 AM

Do you ever wonder why studies are always canceling each other out? One week we hear that a low-fat diet helps reduce the risk of heart disease and then another study comes and contradicts those findings. It does! It doesn’t! It does...The media reports polar opposite results on almost every topic imaginable. Among all this confusion, we offer the following white paper to help you peek inside the research process. Beyond the sheer frustration of never knowing what to believe, learning a bit about how research works is a new necessity for grant seekers as evidence-based practices are increasingly required by both public and private agencies. Grant makers want to fund what works, and the burden of proof is on grant recipients to show the dollars they received are being put to good use.

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Topics: eCivis Resources

Our Library Has Two New Resources for You!

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Jul 5, 2016 4:13:00 AM

Have you checked out our online resource library?  It is a comprehensive stockpile of everything grants-related! Articles range in subject from how to find funding opportunities, to best practices in grant management after you receive an award. We have recently added two new glossaries:

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Topics: eCivis Resources

How the City of Goodyear Improved Transparency

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Nov 23, 2015 10:20:30 AM

If you work in local government, you probably appreciate opportunities to hear from colleagues on successful efforts to attain alternative funding and improve transparency. So we're sharing a couple more case studies to show you what's working with our partners.

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Topics: eCivis Resources, Grants Management Best Practices

Case Studies from the Cities of San Antonio and Avondale

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Nov 16, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Rapid growth in your city can be seen as a blessing and a curse. And an opportunity. Growth can place tremendous pressure on city services and transportation corridors, pushing city administrators to search for alternative funding sources. Our case study from the City of Avondale, Arizona, addresses just this topic.

You can also read about how the City of San Antonio, a longtime client of ours, overhauled its grant management processes, getting all deparments on the same page and increasing visibility into departmental activities. Click the stories that you resonate with, and tell us what you think!

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Topics: eCivis Resources, Grants Management Best Practices

Logic Models for Program Planning and Evaluation (GPA Event in Tucson)

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Nov 9, 2015 4:30:00 AM

Mark your calendars for the Southern Arizona GPA Chapter's Annual Meeting on Thursday, December 3, 12:00 - 3:30 p.m., when Beverly Browning ("Dr. Bev") will present on the topic of "Logic Models for Program Planning and Evaluation." Dr. Bev has assisted clients and workshop participants throughout the United States in receiving awards of more than $400 million. As the author of 41 grant-related publications, including Grant Writing for Dummies, she is also a GPA-approved trainer. Dr. Bev is Vice President of Grant Writing Services at eCivis and Director of the Grant Writing Training Foundation.

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Topics: Grant Writing, eCivis Resources

Case Studies from the City of Maricopa, AZ, and Osage Nation, OK

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Oct 26, 2015 4:30:00 AM

How do you define successful grant management? Well, first, you probably know that grant management begins long before that grant is awarded. In this post, I'd like to share two customer case studies—from the City of Maricopa, Arizona, and the Osage Nation tribe in Osage County, Oklahoma—that show how these entities overcame challenges related to grant management. Check out the links below to read more.

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eCivis Webinars for September-October 2015

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Sep 14, 2015 4:00:00 AM

I wanted to notify you of some upcoming webinars eCivis is hosting this month and next. Our next webinar is tomorrow, and the topic is Foundation Grantseeking 101 for Local Government. Lots of government offices don't realize that they can pursue funding from foundations. This webinar will cover local government challenges, as well as best practices shared by one of our customers.

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Topics: Grant Writing, eCivis Resources

A Grant Status Report Template for Your Team

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Aug 12, 2015 4:00:00 AM

Grant Status Report for Finance Teams to Better Manage GrantsHey, local governments! We have a new template your finance team will thank you for. It's a highly useful tool for tracking grant expenditures, so that a reviewer of this report can keep in mind whether grants are billed and collected in a timely manner, and whether grants will be spent within the grant period. Produced by Kevin Harper, CPA, a local government auditor with decades of experience, this document will help improve your internal controls if you don't already have something like this in place:

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Topics: Budgets, eCivis Resources, Grants Management Best Practices

What Future OMB Grant Trainings Would You Like?

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Aug 10, 2015 7:00:00 AM

We want to provide you the best possible grants management training—training constructed around your questions and issues as your team begins to operationalize the OMB Uniform Guidance. So we have set up a survey to collect input from grant managers and other grant administrators to focus future trainings based on your questions and suggestions.

You can take our survey by clicking here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OMB-Trainings.

In fact, if you're planning on giving us your feedback, it's best to do so now and read the rest of this post later. (We list some other survey takers' common ideas and questions below and don't want to influence you!)

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Topics: OMB, eCivis Resources, Grants Management Best Practices, Uniform Guidance